How To Switch To A Standing Desk


How To Switch To A Standing Desk

Standing desks – they seem to be quite the rage in various offices all around the world. Be assured though, these are no passing fad or trend.

Standing desks, sit-stand desks, or height adjustable desks: whatever you refer to them as, get used to them! They’re quickly rising in popularity, for all the right reasons.

Benefits of a standing desk

There are a myriad of benefits of a standing desk, including stronger posture, a higher calorie-burning rate, and improved blood flow.

Sedentary behaviour is often referred to as “sitting disease”, where prolonged periods of sitting increases the risk of health issues like diabetes and heart attacks, as well as tight hips, and back and shoulder pain.

If you’re considering making the switch to a standing desk, good for you! Here’s some valuable advice to ease into this new practice.

 standing desk

What you need before you switch to a standing desk

The following equipment and accessories will help make your transition to a standing desk easier:

•    An anti-fatigue or gel mat: a good quality mat will be heavy, dense, and sturdy, and will offer your feet support and comfort.

•    Comfortable shoes: sorry ladies, we’re ruling out heels. Additionally, it may not be enough to rely on your regular work shoes. At the very least, begin your transition in sturdy and durable runners.

•    A supportive chair: a chair, you think, at a standing desk? Of course! You’re not expected to stand at your desk all day, so any time you feel you need to take a break from standing, make sure the chair you’re resorting to has proper lumbar support (lower spine portion of your torso), and is adjusted to your specific dimensions.

Above all, consult with your doctor or physician if you have any circulatory issues, bone deficiencies or suffer from acute back, leg or knee pain, before you begin a standing desk migration.

What to expect while making the switch

It’s normal to feel mild lower back and leg aches when you start the transition into standing. The reason for this is because your lower back and legs aren’t used to working this hard to support your body due to all that sitting you’ve done in the past!

So, make sure you pace yourself. Start with really small increments of standing, say, three half hour blocks per day for the first week, then gradually increase these allotments. It’s not a competition with yourself, so only do what you feel comfortable doing!

Did you know that from the moment you sit, your calorie-burning rate drops to just one per minute? That’s a third of what it would be if we were up and walking. Work those extra muscles and burn those extra calories during the day so you can really treat yourself in the evenings by putting your feet up and relaxing.

Height adjustable desks: what to keep in mind

Standing desks (also referred to as height adjustable desks) are a major step towards a healthier, more productive you. Remember these four elements while you’re standing:

benefits of standing desk

1. Focus on your overall posture: stand tall (shoulders back and relaxed), balance your weight, and keep your head at a neutral angle when you’re looking at your computer screen.


2. Position your desk so that your elbows are at a 90 degree angle when you’re typing: bunched shoulders can cause neck and upper back pain.

  • 3. Place your computer monitor an arm’s length away from your face: ensure you’re not squinting or straining to read what’s on the screen.
  • Adjust your brightness, too, if necessary!
  • 4. Finally: don’t forget that it’s still OK to sit. Don’t force yourself to stand all day – stand when you can, and when you want a break – rest!
  • Standing all day is just as bad as sitting all day!

If you want to take a positive step towards your health, view Ergomotion’s diverse range of electronic standing desks and get in touch with an ergonomics expert today.

Google Reviews


Google Reviews

Nancy Tseng 22/04/22

I would highly recommend this electric desk to all ages, the the best decision I’ve made for my sons study table. The service was excellent, prompt in responses and on time schedule with the delivery time. The removalists were very careful bringing into our study room on the second level.
Very happy with the purchase!!

Farhin C 12/04/22

Amazing e-desk - sturdy, spacious and great quality wood. It fits well into the home office. Assembling it was mostly straightforward with the video! Thanks Guy

Nick G 11/04/22

I'm only just reading all the Google Reviews now, just before writing this, after having purchased and built a desk; and this is basically going to be saying the same thing as all the others, the owner, Guy, is absolutely great and so are the desks. There's a reason why all the reviews are genuine 5 stars. I had been doing research on numerous sit/stand desks and the manufactures of the frames/motors that go into them. I wanted a good quality and reliable setup so I decided to something that utilised Linak (manufacturer) hardware and so I set out trying to find a sit/stand desk that used them. As I was after something specific, I contacted a number businesses before placing an order so that I understood exactly what it was I was purchasing. Unfortunately most of those other businesses seemed more interested in B2B, and a couple didn't even bother responding. I had even gone so far as to contact a business in Canada, who eagerly could supply everything, but unfortunately not for running on 240v. I almost gave up and was just about to head to Ikea. Then I came across Ergomotion. I shot through an email with some questions about their Edesk, and I got a clear informative response within hours. The owner, Guy, kindly followed up, answered further questions, and was also able to order extra parts from Linak on request. To ensure I had all the information I needed before placing an order, he even went so far as to warn me of a slight upcoming price increase. Guy knows his products, knows it in great detail and has a wealth of helpful knowledge.

Ronnie Bernhart 04/04/22


Alice Burgess 19/03/22

Great customer service and desk is exactly as described. Setting it all up was straight forward too. The electric movement up and down is really smooth and quiet - couldn't be happier!

Kevin Ha 17/03/22

After a very unpleasant and disappointing customer service experience with another desk from one of the more "well-known" commercial standing desk companies, I came across Ergomotion and Guy after extensive research to find a replacement and I am glad turned out this way. Dealing with Guy was an absolute pleasure, he was able to answer all my questions and provide me with a range of customisation options including a solid rubberwood desk top which I decided on after seeing the desk in person. In the end, I ended up with a higher quality desk and look forward to continue using it for years to come. Thanks Guy!

Anthony Lunken 17/03/22

We’ve had an Ergomotion High /Low Desk since 2015, well before standing at a work station was a “Thing” in Australia. It’s been fabulous! It’s reliable, speedy and quiet in its height adjustments. Guy, the business owner, is approachable for after sales service queries. To achieve more posture positions & comfort, we use a 10cm foot stool while standing! Many thanks Guy for the great service… Cheers Avril & Tony (Heidelberg West, formerly Moorabbin)

Andre Fernandez 15/03/22

Before purchasing from Ergomotion, I wondered how a business can actually have a 5.0 star perfect rating on Google. After purchasing an electric standing desk and dealing with Guy, I know how. 1) HIGH QUALITY: The desks from here all use high quality LINAK motors and frames. The desk top that I received was commercial grade laminate from Laminex. 2) GENUINE SERVICE: When I initially wanted a more expensive variant, Guy explained to me the differences and suggested the more affordable variant. 3) CUSTOMISATION: Guy helped me customise the size of the size of my desktop - something no other business offered. 4) CONVENIENCE: For a nominal fee, Guy delivered the desk, FULLY ASSEMBLED. All I did was plug it in. Can't get this level of convenience with any other of the many businesses that offer standing desks. If I buy another standing desk, it will be from Ergomotion.

Tas Maniatis 15/03/22

Amazing customer service and quality product and exceeded expectations. I would definitely recommend Ergomotion for their exception product offering and service.

Jake Port 12/03/22

Quality at a reasonable price which is made even better by Guy. You’re made to feel special and nothing is too hard which in this day and age, is honestly hard to come by. Do yourself a favour and support a local family business.